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Photo by Jill Pelto

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Author

Jill Pelto Gallery

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus

Global

"Habitat Degradation: Ocean Acidification"

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Synopsis
  • In this watercolor and colored pencil piece, scientist and artist Jill Pelto uses ocean pH data to illustrate how ocean acidification affects marine species like clownfish. 
  • The text below the artwork will help students understand why ocean acidification makes it difficult for clownfish to survive. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Students will learn that ocean acidification is destabilizing the ocean ecosystem.
  • The linked references provide more information on the effects of ocean acidification on marine species.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the following concepts: habitat degradation, pH levels, carbonic acid, and carbon emissions.

Differentiation

  • In art classes, students could analyze how Pelto used color, line, and negative space to convey the clownfish's loss of habitat.
  • In science classes, students could research other marine species that are having difficulty adapting to the increase in pH levels and make a poster or piece of digital artwork to showcase how ocean acidification impacts the species.
  • Other resources on this topic include this experiment that shows students why ocean acidification occurs, and this lesson plan and video on the relationship between CO2 and the acidity of water.
Scientist Notes
This resource shows the influence of human activities on ocean acidification, which impacts marine resources negatively. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-6. Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
    • LS2: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics Within Ecosystems
      • MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
      • HS-LS2-6. Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • Arts
    • Art and Design: Standard 3 - Students will critically interpret intent and meaning in order to evaluate artistic work.
      • A.A.R.11.m Describe details, subject matter, context, and the formal characteristics of an artwork using art and design vocabulary.
      • A.A.R.12.m Compare and contrast the use of media, design principles, and context to influence ideas, emotions, and actions.
      • A.A.R.13.m Interpret the formal and expressive qualities in a work of art or design and integrate those qualities into their own work.
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